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National Child Passenger Safety Week highlights importance of proper installation, use of car seats

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Despite the fact that all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and our territories have laws requiring the use of safety seats, booster seats and seat belts for children traveling in motor vehicles, many families in our country travel either without a child safety seat or are not using the seats properly. The misuse of child safety seats in automobiles drastically increases the risk for injury and death of a child during a crash. Thousands of children are tragically injured or killed in automobile crashes each year, making car accidents the leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 ... Read More

Distracted driving puts more than your life in danger; one woman describes her life-changing crash

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In May 2013, Quorteshia Johnson’s life changed forever when she was involved in a single-vehicle accident while not wearing a seat belt and texting. “When I looked up, I saw a car, but I put my head back down texting and when I got up on the car, it was like we were head on. I swerved,” Johnson said. After she was ejected from her vehicle into the woods, a passerby spotted Johnson and called for help. Johnson was in the hospital for two months before she could go home. Now, she spends three days a week in physical therapy; ... Read More

Publix Recall on Bagels Affects Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

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Four southern states have been affected by a recent recall of a popular breakfast food sold in Publix Super Markets. Publix has announced a recall of its store-brand jalapeno bagels following a warning from their supplier that these bagels may contain pieces of glass and small stones. Publix-brand jalapeno bagels are typically sold in the store’s self-service bins and the artisan cases in the bakery department. The potentially hazardous bagels were distributed to Publix store locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, meaning that stores in Tennessee and North Carolina are not impacted by the recall. Maria Brous, media ... Read More

FDA to consider new single-dose anti-viral drug to fight seasonal flu

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Peramivir, a new once-daily injectable drug, appears to be a safe and effective at alleviating most flu symptoms if taken within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms, according to Dr. Rich Whitley, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researcher who led the study on the new drug. “If we don’t get immunized and we get influenza or if we get immunized and we still get influenza, we need to have anti-viral drugs available for the purposes of therapy and the goal is to keep people out of the hospital and to keep people from dying,” Whitley said. Each year ... Read More

Halliburton agrees to $1.1-billion resolution of Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

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Beasley Allen lawyers and other members of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) leading the BP oil spill litigation announced they have reached a $1.1-billion settlement with Halliburton Energy Services over its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The settlement, subject to approval by a New Orleans federal court, is to be paid into a trust in three installments over the next two years until all appeals have been resolved. Halliburton, an oil-field services provider that cemented the doomed well a mile beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig, agreed to plead guilty to a criminal charge last year for destroying evidence ... Read More

Generic drug makers failed to warn about side effects from heartburn drug Reglan

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A Missouri appeals court upheld claims by two women that makers of generic versions of the heartburn drug Reglan failed to update their safety labels to warn about side effects associated with long-term use of the medication. Reglan, which is sold generically under the name metoclopramide, has been linked to a movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. In 2004, manufacturers of brand-name Reglan updated its safety label with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to warn that “Therapy should not exceed 12 weeks in duration.” Generic manufacturers were required to update their safety labels as well but ... Read More

Labor Day weekend: Law enforcement agencies partner to eliminate traffic fatalities

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The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend. In order to best protect the public on the roadways, the Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will help law enforcement agencies across the nation ramp up safety protocols during the Labor Day weekend. The NSC officially defines the Labor Day weekend period beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. Deborah A.P. Hersman, President and CEO of NSC, says, ... Read More

New study confirms BP oil spill is destroying deep-sea coral reefs

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BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had a broader, deeper impact on life in the Gulf of Mexico than researchers previously thought, according to a new study conducted by Pennsylvania State University scientists. The researchers documented their discovery of two partially dead deep-sea coral reefs about 14 miles east of BP’s blown-out Macondo wellhead, ground zero for the largest oil spill ever recorded. Before the researchers discovered these damaged reefs, they only knew of one coral reef that had been devastated by the BP spill, but that reef was little more than 8.5 miles from the Macondo well and in ... Read More

AL Supreme Court rules: Brand name drug makers liable for warnings on generic drug counterparts

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Makers of brand-name medications can be held liable for warnings on generic drugs even if the generic was produced by another drug company, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled. A majority of the nine-member court upheld a 2013 decision, which was viewed as a defeat by business leaders in this mostly Republican state. The ruling is based on a federal lawsuit filed by Danny and Vick Weeks against five current and former drug makers alleging that long-term use of the heartburn drug metoclopramide, which was also sold under the brand name Reglan, caused a debilitating movement disorder known as tardive dyskinesia. ... Read More

Future looks bleak for oyster production after BP oil spill

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Louisiana oyster beds that have yielded rich harvests for generations now produce little more than dozens of “empty, lifeless oyster shells,” the Associated Press reported, underscoring the death blow dealt by BP’s 2010 oil spill to local fisherman and businesses in some parts of the Gulf Coast. Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion released millions of gallons of crude oil into some of the Gulf’s most ecologically sensitive regions. According to the AP, “thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than ... Read More